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Thursday, July 25, 2024

NRA set to install another loudmouth president



James Porter: Another NRA loudmouth
James Porter: Another NRA loudmouth

The incoming leader of the National Rifle Association has a long history with the powerful gun rights lobby and a penchant for bold statements that are sure to inflame an already explosive national debate over gun control.

James Porter, an Alabama attorney and first vice president of the NRA, assumes the presidency on Monday after the group’s national convention wraps up in Houston. He didn’t wait until then to ignite a new furor over gun control, telling the NRA grassroots organizers on Friday they are the front line of a “culture war” that goes beyond gun rights.

“(You) here in this room are the fighters for freedom. We are the protectors,” Porter said.

Porter, 64, whose father was NRA president from 1959-1961, is part of the small, Birmingham, Ala., law firm of Porter, Porter & Hassinger. The firm’s website notes its expertise in defending gun manufacturers in lawsuits.

Porter takes over the organization as the NRA finds itself in a national fight over gun control in Washington, D.C., and state capitols around the country. The NRA had a major victory regarding gun control with the defeat in the U.S. Senate of a bill that would have expanded background checks for gun sales. But it lost ground in some places as several states passed laws expanding background checks and banning large ammunition magazines after December’s mass shooting at a Connecticut elementary school.

Glen Caroline, director of the NRA’s grassroots division, noted the coming fight over gun control in the 2014 elections. “Our senators are on record. They cannot hide from those votes,” Caroline said.

As shown by his “culture war” comment Friday and others in his past, Porter’s style is likely to be one that fans the flames of an emotionally combustible debate.

Porter has called President Barack Obama a “fake president,” Attorney General Eric Holder “rabidly un-American” and the U.S. Civil War the “War of Northern Aggression.” On Friday, he repeated his call for training every U.S. citizen in the use of standard military firearms, to allow them to defend themselves against tyranny.

Gun control advocates say Porter makes outgoing NRA President David Keene look like a moderate on gun issues, even though Keene had said the NRA would try to punish lawmakers who voted in favor of expanded background checks and other gun control measures.

Keene had worked to offer a softer, if equally staunch voice for the gun lobby’s ideas when compared with Wayne LaPierre, the fiery executive vice president who remains the NRA’s most prominent voice on the public stage.

Porter as president, “pulls (the NRA) more into the extremist camp,” said Josh Horwitz, executive director of the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence. “With Jim Porter, they’ve gone full crazy.”

But Porter was greeted with rousing applause at the grassroots organizing meeting, and several in attendance called out, “Hey Big Jim!,” as he walked through the crowd.

NRA officials did not respond to a request for comment about Porter taking over the organization. In an interview this week with the Washington Times, Keene called Porter “the perfect match for president” and noted his legal expertise.

Porter has served as a head of the NRA’s legal affairs committee. His legal experience will be counted on to help the organization challenge some of the gun control laws passed in several states around the country in court, Keene told the Washington Times.

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3 thoughts on “NRA set to install another loudmouth president”

  1. When you look at what the NRA attracts I am really beginning to believe that the reason the gun lovers are against more effective gun controls is that they all know for a fact they are certifiably gun crazed nuts. They know their paranoia about government tyranny and this delusion of grandeur about making a last stand against our own civilian army, composed of folks who are our next door neighbors by the way, is completely absurd to say the least. These gun lovers fear that once enough Americans realize just how mentally disturbed they really are the US government will be forced to come and take their guns away. Hell, maybe they should.

  2. Somebody told me in the mid-fifties that the South won the Civil War. I thought it was a joke until 2000. My interest in politics was triggered by smooth talking Capitalists who ran the corporations who paid my wages and producers and directors of the movies who held my interest in entertainment.

    My roots were planted in the west where even our cowboys spoke good English. Our music was based on sound tracks with lovely melodies. I felt let down after one term of “W” Bush who had a rough time riding a horse over his Christian comments while breaking many laws of moral actions.

    Deliberately sending American service men and women to war based on a madman’s dream of Imperial power over Islam is not my brand.

    No university for me but I read books on every subject in our libraries. I learned right from wrong and could spot a phony a yard away. I missed the whole point of the Beverly Hillbillies and found them increasingly annoying.

    I thought I had figured it out by 2008 until I looked closely at the candidates running for office and ran into one of the most ignorant women possible. There were several ignorant women sprinkled among the candidates but the horror of all ran for the Vice President.

    So apparently the south did win the war and I figure I will have to live with the chosen leadership like this new hillbilly from the NRA. I ripped up my membership card years ago and was forced into being a Democrat simply for the lack of anyone else. I felt damn lucky that a man of color was waiting in the wings to retrain me for politics of the future.

    • Let’s do a little math:

      Imagine we have a very hard worker, works 80 hours per week, fifty weeks a year (we’ll give them a couple off mostly because it makes the math easier) and who works very very smart, and so deserves $500 per hour.

      Still, if they want to be a billionaire, they’d have to do it for two hundred and fifty years.

      And that presumes they have no expenses and pay no tax.

      Um-hmm – billionaires do work hard for the money. Right.

      Seeya later.


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